2011 Subaru Impreza WRX / 1
Contact: Dominick Infante
Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUBARU INTRODUCES 2011 IMPREZA® WRX® MODELS WITH NEW WIDE-BODY
DESIGNS AND ENHANCED HANDLING PERFORMANCE
New WRX 4-Door and 5-Door Models Adopt STI Wide-Body Design
Wider Track and Tires Enhance Grip
New Audio Systems with Bluetooth® and iPod® Control
Subaru of America has introduced the new 2011 Impreza WRX models, which now shares the
wide-body design with the brand’s iconic second-generation WRX STI® performance flagship
model, including the new-for-2011 wide-body WRX STI 4-door sedan.
The wider body designs give the 2011 WRX an aggressive road presence and also allow wider
track dimensions. An approximately 1.5 inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear
subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 WRX.
“The new wide-body designs for the 2011 WRX give this performance icon a new level of street
presence,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc. “This is
one more step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more
compelling all-wheel drive performance package.”
The 2011 Impreza WRX models arrive in Subaru dealerships this summer. Both are powered by
a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled 2.5-liter Boxer engine teamed with a 5-speed manual
transmission. The highly responsive engine produces 244 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
The WRX has been the focus of continuous improvement since its introduction. Most recently,
the 2009 model received the 265-horsepower engine and a significant chassis tuning upgrade.
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New Designs for 2011
The WRX will now share the WRX STI wide body design, including the newly developed 4-door
version, for 2011. This change underscores the high-performance character of these models
versus the standard Impreza model line. Significantly, curb weight for the 2011 WRX models
increases by just 34 pounds over the “original body” 2010 models, preserving their powerful
The WRX 4-door design is based on a “wide and low” concept that gives the car an aggressive
road presence. Like the wide-body design already used for the 5-door WRX STI, the new 4-door
features widened front and rear track dimensions and wider, more projecting front fenders and
rear quarter panels. The design maintains a consistent flow from front to rear bumper, creating a
distinctive identity and a sense of stability.
In front, the 2011 WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog
lamp nacelles to accentuate the “wide and low” profile. A jutting lip spoiler with three-
dimensional detailing emphasizes the cars’ sporty intent. The newly designed front grille with
black base and blacked out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front
end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.
Also new for 2011, both WRX models feature quad tailpipe outlets.
For the 2011 WRX 4-door model, newly designed wider fenders are stretched out on the side
more than the tail lamps, and this accentuates a look of stability. The new design details
contribute to an improved drag coefficient.
Wider Track Enhances Handling
Giving the 2011 WRX the same widened body designs as the WRX STI allowed Subaru to also
widen track dimensions and install wider wheels and tires than on the 2010 model. These
changes, along with firmer rear subframe bushings, help to reduce body roll and improve
In the 2011 WRX models, front track measures 60.2 in. vs. 58.9 in. for the 2010 WRX; rear track
is now 60.6 in. vs. 59.1 in. for the 2010 model. The standard wheels are now 17 x 8 in. vs. 17 x
7-in. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.
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WRX Dimension Changes
Width 70.7 in. 68.5 in.
Wheelbase 103.3 in. 103.1 in.
Front track 60.2 in. 58.9 in.
Rear track 60.6 in. 59.1 in.
Wheels 17 x 8-in. 17 x 7-in.
Tires 235/45R17 225/45R17
Curb weight 4-door: 3,208 lbs 4-door: 3,174 lbs
5-door: 3,208 lbs 5-door: 3,174 lbs
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Vehicle Dynamics Control
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which forms the common core technology on all Subaru
models, gives the Impreza WRX a significant handling-performance advantage over front-wheel
drive competitors. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a complete system comprised of the Boxer
engine and the full-time power distribution system (which varies by Subaru model and
transmission). The aluminum Boxer engine and simple, symmetrical drivetrain layout help to
lower the car’s center of gravity, which in turn contributes to its sporty handling characteristics.
The 2011 Impreza WRX uses the Continuous AWD version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. A
viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage
occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction. The Vehicle
Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system is standard. Incline Start Assist,
featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission, can momentarily prevent
the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
It is important to note that, in Subaru vehicles, traction control plays a second line of defense
against wheel slip after AWD torque distribution. In contrast, some All-Wheel Drive systems on
the market lack the performance advantage of a locking center differential and rely solely on
traction control to redistribute torque away from slipping wheels.
Sporty, Spacious and Versatile Interior
In the WRX models, exclusive carbon black checkered upholstery accented by red stitching sets
the tone for the sporty interior. All WRX models are equipped with standard aluminum-alloy
pedal covers and driver’s footrest. Performance-design front seats integrate the backrest and
head restraint into a single structure. As a sporty accent, the instrument panel
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electroluminescent gauges use indicator needles that sweep the gauge faces upon engine
startup. Steering wheel controls for the audio system cruise control and Bluetooth® are
standard for all 2011 Impreza WRX models. The WRX Premium and Limited models feature a
standard power moonroof, with the Limited also providing standard leather-trimmed upholstery.
New for 2011, the standard audio system features an AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player
and six upgraded speakers; a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio
streaming; iPod® control capability; a USB port and XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio capability. The
WRX Premium and WRX Limited models also offer an available audio and navigation package
featuring a GPS navigation system with 7-inch touch screen display; MultEQ sound
enhancement and standard SIRIUS Satellite Radio (subscription required).
The compact layout of the double-wishbone rear suspension helps to minimize intrusion into the
cargo area, providing a wide and deep luggage compartment. In the 5-door, the wide and flat
load floor can accommodate two Tour-size golf bags with the rear seat backs in the upright
position. In the 4-door, which is 6.5-inches longer than the 5-door, the trunk can accommodate
three Tour-size golf bags. A 60/40-split folding rear seat further boosts cargo capacity and
convenience, and the 4-door also features a rear seat fold-down center armrest.
Proven Subaru Safety Technology
The Impreza models are built around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure
with front and rear crumple zones, proven in Subaru models for over a decade to provide
outstanding crash protection. All Impreza models feature a 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System
(ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The WRX has larger
front brakes than other Impreza models. Brake Assist analyzes the force and stroke on the
brake pedal and increases hydraulic boost to provide enhanced emergency braking, also
activating the ABS system early if needed.
All seats provide 3-point seatbelts (height-adjustable for outboard front seat positions), and the
front seatbelts have electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters. Front seat side
airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all Subaru models. The Subaru Advanced
Frontal Airbag System (SRS) features a passenger side front seat sensor module that detects
weight – first determining if the seat is occupied, and if so by a child or adult – to control airbag
deployment. As part of the system, the dashboard features an “Airbag” indicator light.
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About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan.
Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical
All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers
across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive
products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel
economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants
and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be
designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional
information visit www.subaru.com